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Laboratory Services

Laboratory Bulletins

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Date Implemented Bulletin Title Zone / Program
2020-03-09 Inherited Thrombophilia Testing Limitations All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Edmonton Zone Update Microbiology Requisition - CH-29 Retired All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Galactose-1-phosphate quantitation All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Change to Format of Lab Bulletin & Forms and Requisition Web Pages All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Test Panels for Urine Toxicology Testing Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-03-09 Referral of Phenobarbital testing to Calgary Calgary, South
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2020-03-06 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Laboratory Update All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-01-27 Salmonella Serotyping All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-01-17 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Detected in Wuhan, China All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-01-27 Removal of Neonatal Bilirubin testing from St-Joseph’s Hospital in Vegreville, as well as Daysland, Two Hills & Vermilion Health Centres Edmonton
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2020-01-27 Referral of Theophylline testing to Edmonton Edmonton
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2020-01-27 Discontinuation of Reverse T3 Test Calgary, South
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2020-01-13 The Training of Handling Blood Components and Products for Transfusion Medicine South
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2020-02-10 Changes to anti-adrenal cortex autoantibody (21-hydroxylase antibody) testing All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-02-10 New Provincial Requisitions; New Fields to Enable Laboratory Report All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-02-10 Anatomical Pathology Health Care Provider Satisfaction Survey Results All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-02-10 EPIC: Clinical History – Hard Stop Change Edmonton
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2020-02-10 Screening for Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) Central
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2020-02-10 Referral of Urine Drug Screen Testing Calgary
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2020-02-10 Handling Blood Components and Products Dispensed in Blood Transport Boxes South
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2020-02-10 The Training of Handling Blood Components and Products for Transfusion Medicine - Revised South
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2020-02-10 Blood Storage Refrigerator at TBCC Calgary
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2020-02-24 Removal of ferritin, LH and FSH testing from St-Mary’s Hospital Laboratory Central
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2020-02-24 Blood Storage Refrigerator at CSS Calgary
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2020-02-24 Blood Storage Refrigerator at FMC Unit 57A Calgary
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2020-03-11 Laboratory Bulletin – Change to Community Influenza Testing All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-03-23 Discontinuation of Breast Implant Notification Letter Calgary
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2020-03-23 Discontinuation of Maternal Immune Anti-A/B Testing Calgary
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2020-03-23 Transfer of Tests from MitogenDx to APL in Calgary Calgary
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2020-03-19 Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Sample Collection All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-03-25 Changes to Routine HBV, HCV and HIV Viral Load Testing All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-04-06 Molecular Genetic Testing after Blood Transfusion Edmonton, North
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2020-04-06 Connect Care Urinalysis Reporting Standardization Edmonton, North
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2020-04-06 Changes in Blood Collection Tube for Troponin Testing at High River Hospital and Canmore General Hospital Calgary
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2020-04-06 Availability of High Sensitivity Troponin I (hs-Tnl) at High River Hospital and Canmore General Hospital Calgary
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2020-04-06 Referral of Urine Drug Screen Testing Calgary
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2020-04-03

Clarification on Cessation of Routine Laboratory Testing Memos

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Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-04-08 Essential Test Menu changes - Autopsies Calgary
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2020-04-08 Transition of Group A Streptococcus Pharyngitis to GASDirect Test Calgary
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2020-04-08 Discontinuation of UriSwab™ Collection Tubes for Urine Cultures Calgary
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2020-04-11 Activation of Modified Essential Test Menu, Molecular Pathology Laboratory North (University of Alberta Hospital) Edmonton
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2020-04-11 COVID-19 test performance Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-11 Major changes in COVID-19 specimen collection recommendations Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-15 Pneumatic Tube and Telelift Transport Systems (COVID-19) Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-15 Physician Office Closures and Undelivered Patient Laboratory Result Reports Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-20 Introduction of Rapid, Decentralized COVID-19 Testing at RDRH, CRH, MHRH Central, South
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2020-04-20 Redirection of RSV/Influenza Testing to APL Public Health Laboratory from South & Central Zones Central, South
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2020-04-20 Redirection of RSV/Influenza Testing to APL-Public Health Laboratory Calgary
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2020-04-20 Out-of-Province Biochemical Genetic Testing Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-20 New Provincial Requisitions; New Fields to Enable Laboratory Report Delivery; Acute Care Site Use Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-20 Introduction of Rapid COVID-19 Testing in Calgary ICU’s Calgary
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2020-04-15 Change from nasopharyngeal to throat swab for COVID-19 and RPP testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-17 Blood Component and Product Handling for Contact and Droplet Precautions Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-04 Next-Generation Sequencing BRCA1/2 Tumor Molecular Panel Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-04 Karyotyping Criteria for Chorionic villi Sampling (CVS) Specimens Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-04 Discontinuation of Serum Lithium Measurement in High River and Plasma Digoxin and Phenytoin Measurement in Strathmore and High River Calgary
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2020-05-04 Change in Location of Retic Testing at Strathcona Community Hospital Laboratory Edmonton
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2020-04-29 New Collection Kit for COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Testing Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-30 Rural AHS Sites Temporarily Move to Appointment-Only Lab Collections All
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2020-05-04 Introduction of Rapid, Decentralized COVID-19 Testing at QE II Hospital (Grande Prairie) North
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2020-05-04 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to ED Patients at RDRH, CRH, MHRH Central, South
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2020-05-08 Continuation of Ordering Only Clinically Necessary Testing Memorandum Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-08 Introduction of Rapid, Decentralized COVID-19 Testing at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC) and Northwest Health Centre (NWHC) North
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2020-05-19 New Hematology Analyzer – XN 550 South
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2020-05-19 Client Resource – Lymphoma Protocol Edmonton
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2020-05-19 Change to Provision of Platelets for Aplastic Anemia Patients Calgary
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2020-05-19 On-site Troponin I Testing at Alberta Children’s Hospital Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-20 Rapid COVID-19 Testing Pilot for PLC and FMC Inpatients Calgary
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2020-05-20 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to Emergency Department Patients at QEII North
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2020-05-20 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to Emergency Department Patients at NLRHC, NWHC, STGH and LAACC North
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